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20/5/2024
Update On Driver CPC ReformsThumbnail for article : Update On Driver CPC Reforms
The regulations have been laid in parliament for the planned reforms to Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).   The recommendations were made following a consultation with the vocational driving industry, you can read more details about the recommended reforms on GOV.UK.  
20/5/2024
UKAEA Renews Engineering Framework Agreement To Boost Fusion In England - Scottish Government Still Opposes It
Four-year Engineering Design Services Framework is renewed with nine companies.   The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has renewed its multimillion-pound Engineering Design Services Framework ("the Framework") with nine companies.  
20/5/2024
Self-driving Vehicles Set To Be On Roads By 2026 As Automated Vehicles Act Becomes LawThumbnail for article : Self-driving Vehicles Set To Be On Roads By 2026 As Automated Vehicles Act Becomes Law
Road safety is at the heart of the legislation, with automated vehicles expected to improve road safety by reducing human error.   self-driving vehicles could be on British roads in just 2 years as new law receives Royal Assent.  
19/5/2024
Businesses Set To Benefit As Uk Concludes Tax Agreement With Peru And Ratifies Deal To Join Major Indo-pacific Trade Bloc
Trade Minister Greg Hands visits Peru as UK ratifies deal to join CPTPP and concludes tax treaty.   UK wraps up key step to joining CPTPP - worth £12 trillion in global GDP upon our entry - by ratifying the terms of our agreement to join the trade group.  
19/5/2024
New Secure School To Protect Public And Cut Crime In EnglandThumbnail for article : New Secure School To Protect Public And Cut Crime In England
Serious young offenders will be turned away from gangs and knife crime through rigorous education and training at the country's first Secure School.   new secure school to get young offenders away from crime set to open.  
19/5/2024
The Future Of Uk Finance - Economic Secretary To The Treasury Bim Afolami Delivers Keynote SpeechThumbnail for article : The Future Of Uk Finance - Economic Secretary To The Treasury Bim Afolami Delivers Keynote Speech
Economic Secretary to the Treasury Bim Afolami delivers keynote speech at UK Finance at Bright Blue event in partnership with Virgin Money.   Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for the introduction.  
19/5/2024
Answer The ** Phone - Richard MurphyThumbnail for article : Answer The ** Phone - Richard Murphy
I hate being told when I'm hanging on the phone that whoever I'm calling thinks my call is valuable to them.  Well, if it is, answer the *** call.  
Manufacturing Innovation Centre For Moray Receives £5.6m ApprovalThumbnail for article : Manufacturing Innovation Centre For Moray Receives £5.6m Approval
Plans to establish a new facility in Moray that is expected to support up to 300 manufacturing jobs in the next ten years have secured up to £5.6m capital investment.   The Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved its funding contribution for the new Manufacturing Innovation Centre Moray (MICM), a Moray Growth Deal project that includes more than £4m of UK and Scottish Government funding.  
18/5/2024
Paying The Price - How The Inflation Surge Has Reshaped The British EconomyThumbnail for article : Paying The Price - How The Inflation Surge Has Reshaped The British Economy
The UK has experienced its highest inflation for more than 40 years, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  But next week will bring the welcome news that inflation has returned close to the 2 per cent target for the first time since July 2021.  
18/5/2024
We Need Proportional Representation, NowThumbnail for article : We Need Proportional Representation, Now
People in the UK like to think we live in a democracy.  But we don't.  
18/5/2024
Biggest Inflation Shock In Over 40 Years Has Turned Britain Into A Nation Of Savers
Official data next Wednesday looks set to show inflation returning to close to the two per cent target, drawing a line under a three-year inflation spike that has left British households spending less and saving more, according to new Resolution Foundation research published on Friday 17 May 2024.   With CPI inflation for April set to fall within touching distance of the Bank of England's two per cent target for the time since July 2021, the report examines the scale of Britain’s inflation shock, and how it has affected living standards, spending behaviour and the public finances.  
18/5/2024
New First Minister - New Approach On The Economy?
Non Friday 17 May 2024 the new First Minister John Swinney set out his broad economic aspirations for Scotland.  In a speech at the impressive Barclays Glasgow Campus (which he said embodied the ambition he wished to have for the economy), he set out the vision he had for Scotland to have a strong, successful, innovative and dynamic economy.  
17/5/2024
Tackling Unprecedented Prison Population Early Release - 8,348 it is one of the highest levels ever recorded.
Emergency release of short-term prisoners is being proposed to address the impacts of an unprecedented rise in the prison population, Justice Secretary Angela Constance has confirmed.   The prison population has increased sharply by around 400 in the past two months, and 13% since the beginning of 2023.  
17/5/2024
UK auditors are rubbish at their jobs - Richard MurphyThumbnail for article : UK auditors are rubbish at their jobs  - Richard Murphy
UK auditors are rubbish at their jobs.  Major audit failures - on Carillion, BHS, Patisserie Valerie and others - prove that, as do the £150 million or so of fines large audit firms have paid for substandard audit work in the last decade or so.  
17/5/2024
Updating Short-term Lets Licensing - Introducing Measures In Conjunction With Operators
Regulations have been laid in Parliament that provide technical updates to the short-term let licensing scheme.   Licensing was introduced in 2022 to provide assurance to guests on safety and quality, such as gas and electrical safety compliance and the suitability of hosts.  
17/5/2024
Uk Shortage Of Houses In Both Scotland And England Is CriticalThumbnail for article : Uk Shortage Of Houses In Both Scotland And England Is Critical
All areas of the UK have a shortage of houses and its getting worse.   Rents are soaring for private lets and mortgages are now being offered for 40 years.  
17/5/2024
How Others See UK - Has Rishi Sunak's Uk Become A Third World Country?Thumbnail for article : How Others See UK - Has Rishi Sunak's Uk Become A Third World Country?
Has Rishi Sunak's UK become a third world country?.   From economy to road and prisons- everything is in shambles.  
17/5/2024
Focus On Tourism As Representatives Gather
Yesterday, Thursday 16 May, representatives from the tourism sector in the Highlands gathered in Inverness to take part in a Sustainable Tourism Strategy Workshop hosted by The Highland Council.   The meeting, which was well attended with representatives from across Highland and different interests, follows the launch of the Council's public consultation on its Draft Sustainable Tourism Strategy.  
16/5/2024
Ukaea Awards £9.6m To Six Organisations For Fusion ProjectsThumbnail for article : Ukaea Awards £9.6m To Six Organisations For Fusion Projects
The contracts were awarded through the Fusion Industry Programme to scale up projects dedicated to addressing fusion energy challenges.   The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the UK's national fusion energy research and development organisation, has awarded six organisations with £9.6 million of contracts to advance their concepts to support fusion energy development.  
16/5/2024
New roadmap for pro-growth regulation in UK space sector launched as Science Minister launches new National Space Operations Centre
New regulatory review for space sector has been published, and Science and Defence Ministers launch National Space Operations Centre.   New review celebrates the successes of the UK's growing space sector, marked by milestones such as the historic first launch from UK soil in Cornwall in January 2023.